KU film professors sound off on River City's cinematic list

Friday, September 17, 2004

Kansas University film professors Chuck Berg and John Tibbetts share vivid memories and opinions regarding some of the selections on this roster of Lawrence-made movies.

Carnival of Souls

"I have yet to run into a science fiction and fantasy buff who has not heard of 'Carnival of Souls.'"

-- Tibbetts

Leo Beuerman

"Leo was a fixture of the Lawrence scene. Anyone living in Lawrence in the 1960s literally would have bumped into him. He was an iconic part of the landscape."

-- Berg

The Day After

"I think every third person at KU probably ended up having a bit part in 'The Day After.' It underscored the fact that money could be made in being hospitable to visiting film projects. I believe that's when the Kansas Film Commission got set up."

-- Berg

Nice Girls Don't Explode

"It has wound up having some shelf life as a cult film. It had its world premiere in downtown Lawrence, and there was a lot of scrambling around as to whether it could be projected with or without union projectionists. There were bullets of sweat exuded right on up to the moment the lights went down."

-- Berg


"The stories reverberated for months about Dillon and McCarthy's barroom exploits in Lawrence. More people remember that than they do the movie."

-- Tibbetts

Cross of Fire

"It was a very interesting attempt to work in a quasi-docudrama format. The intentions of the filmmakers were really honorable, in terms of delving into negative aspects of our history that, as Kansans, we tend to suppress."

-- Berg

Where Pigeons Go to Die

"Everybody thought that Landon was one of the nicest people they met in their lives."

-- Tibbetts

C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America

"Almost everyone in and out of the film community participated in it -- which I think is a story in itself."

-- Tibbetts